Edo prints

  Design: Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)  
  Title: Ryōgoku Ekōin and Moto-Yanagibashi bridge  
  Series title: One hundred famous views of Edo  
  Size: 33.7 x 22.4 cm (ōban)  
  Posthumous printing from newly cut woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Hiroshige Ryogoku Ekoin and Moto-Yanagibashi Bridge


Originally published by Uoya Eikichi ca. 1856.

In the view on this print we are standing on the grounds of Ekōin temple located just south of Ryōgoku bridge on the east side of the Sumida river in Edo, looking westward towards Moto Yanagibashi bridge in the middle distance on the westbank of the Sumida and towards Mount Fuji in the far distance. The huge red drum partly visible in the top of the wooden tower displayed in the foreground of this print was used to announce the start of sumo matches held outside the main hall of Ekōin temple. For more details concerning Moto Yanagibashi bridge and Ekōin temple and the sumo tournaments held on its grounds, please see my second website here and here, respectively.

Artist’s signature in red rectangular cartouche at middle left of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
hiro broad  
shige heavy Picture by
ga picture Hiroshige

Series title in red rectangular cartouche at top right of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
mei distinguished  
sho place  
e bay  
do door  
hyakku hundred One hundred
kei view famous views of Edo

Print title in square green and white cartouche:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
ryō both  
e game  
in temple Ryōgoku Ekōin
moto former  
yanagi willow  
hashi bridge Moto Yanagibashi bridge


Provenance: Fuji Arts

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